Drilling drives out rural couple

Cows grazing near one of the well sites next to the Morrison's Taranaki farm

A Taranaki farming couple are warning others not to fall into the same trap they did when an oil company came knocking.

Fonterra eyes longer-term deals

Fonterra is looking at a less "clunky" system of sharing out its guaranteed milk price contracts.

Fonterra sees third party market options as it explores offering longer guaranteed milk price contracts.

Is it worth the risk?

Jon Morgan

OPINION: You can argue that it's not your head that will get hurt – it didn't the last time you came off – but it might.

Home-bred wild piglets worry

George Murphy has spent $8000 on new yards and another $3000 on scales, for his dairy grazing operation.

George Murphy believes his neighbour is increasing the TB risk to cattle in the area by breeding from wild pigs.

Proof is in the pudding

Brendan and Prudence Butler on their farm at Tikokino in Central Hawke's Bay.

Romney section winner of the NZ Ewe Hogget competition tells of his belief in traditional farming methods.

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No helmet - is it worth the risk?

Jon Morgan

OPINION: You can argue that it's not your head that will get hurt – it didn't the last time you came off – but it might. Is it worth the risk? It's up to you.

Lessons from many mentors

My first boss was my mother and she was a quiet achiever who pulled me into getting things done rather than pushing me.

Internet in the land of the long trenches

Trapped in a cage


Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.


Dairy farmers accused of milking during ban

Dairy farmer Philip Woolley is defending charges his cows were milked in breach of an enforcement order.

The trial has begun of Marlborough's biggest dairy farmers who are accused of milking 1000 cattle during a court-ordered milking ban.

From the farm to city and back

A Tararua couple reveal how the call of the land was too strong.

Jono and Kelly Bavin are the 2015 Southland-Otago Sharemilkers of the Year

Southland dairying couple battle tough times

Sonita Chandar reports on an award-winning Southland couple who battled through a tough season


A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.


Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.


Strong bull buying on good market

Canterbury buyers came out in all conditions to eye up the talent in a good bull selling season.

Drought failed to deter bull buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

Bull sales encounter snow

Heavy snow played havoc with Canterbury bull sales, but failed to stop an offering of 92 bulls going to strong bidding at James and Fiona Fraser's Stern Angus bull sale in Totara Valley

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.


Merino farmers enter carpet market

The fibre of merino sheep crossed with strong wool bloodlines is being made into a new carpet range.

Merino farmers have joined the carpet trade after supplying merino crossbred wool in a $3 million contract with manufacturer Godfrey Hirst Carpets.

Sheep urinates on TV reporter video

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling; a number one shot, even. 

Balmoral Station in the Mackenzie Country

Balmoral Station: staying sustainable and intergenerational

Mackenzie Country merino grower Andrew Simpson is convinced he needs to think outside the square if his farm is to remain sustainable and intergenerational.


Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."


Driven out by oil drilling 'nightmare'

Cows grazing near one of the well sites next to the Morrison's Taranaki farm

A Taranaki farming couple are warning others not to fall into the same trap they did when an oil company came knocking.

A hedge with an edge

A giant sterile hybrid grass could be the answer to a lot of problems on farms.

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce believes gay marriage could affect his country's trade with Asia.

No trade-off in marriage equality

NZ trade with Asia has increased since same-sex marriage was legalised, rubbishing Aussie minister's claim.


The fly with a taste for thistles

The gall fly deposits its eggs on the scotch thistle's buds and flowers.

Gordon Levet writes on efforts to knock back scotch thistles by using a fly that has taste for thistle seed.

How many worms in your soil?

AgResearch scientists seek help to gain a better understanding of one of the little known heroes of NZ agricultural production.

Terry Hawes, left, and his son, Craig, Hawes demonstrate the before and after filtration from dairy farm effluent through their Forsi recycling system.

Recycling set to revolutionise dairy farming

A recycling system which turns cow poo into clean water could be about to revolutionise NZ's dairy industry.

rural women

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.


Achieving work/life balance

How do you a achieve a good work/life balance? 

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